Plastic surgery is a big step in your life. Even if the goals of a procedure are largely cosmetic, that does not reduce the significance of a surgery. All surgical procedures carry risk and most are expensive. Therefore, choosing the right plastic surgeon is critical for your confidence going into a procedure, for your results coming out of the procedure and for your pocketbook.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
In addition to being board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, certain characteristics in a plastic surgeon are ideal. Consider the following factors when choosing a physician for your next procedure.
1. Educational Background
Education is not everything but it does form an important foundation for a medical professional. You do not need for your surgeon to come from an Ivy League School. Quality professionals in this business are also trained in smaller or less well-known schools around the country. However, you do want to make sure that your surgeon went to a school that is considered acceptable among peers. Furthermore, you should be suspicious of doctors with diplomas from hard-to-find schools that are located outside North America.
2. Years of Experience
You want your surgeon to be experienced but be careful that his or her account of experience does not merely refer to the amount of time passed in the medical profession. The critical statistic in this decision is how many years’ experience the surgeon has in this particular type of surgery. You also want to know how many times, more or less, a surgeon has performed that particular procedure.
3. Personal Rapport
Have at least one meeting with your plastic surgeon before agreeing to any procedure. It is better to have more meetings. You need a chance to know something about the surgeon and gain some trust in him or her.
4. Public Reputation
Ask around and check reviews on the Internet. Even good doctors have the occasional bad review. However, you should be wary when you see a lot of complaints.
As much as you may like a physician, it is all for nothing if you do not live close enough to where he or she practices.
Good surgeons are hard to find because they only have so much time and the patients line up for them. Make sure that your favorite choice has a spot open for you.
Ultimately, cost is a deciding factor. Insurance will probably not cover your surgery, especially if it is at all cosmetic. Your ideal surgeon will have a payment plan that you can use to meet the costs.
There may be other factors involved in the decision that suit your needs. Going in for plastic surgery is a significant event in life, so do not be afraid to take your time.
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